Use before sun exposure

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Base Tan


Maximize your tanning ability with this luxurious tropical body lotion. Naturally boosts melanin production so you can get a darker tan with less time in the sun. Delicious banana-scent!

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First things first...

We promise our products...

...smell fantastic!

...make your skin feel amazing!

...are 100% reef-safe

...are vegan and have never been tested on animals


Light weight & deeply hydrating

This luscious lotion absorbs quickly and smells amazing - Base Tan will have you going bananas!

Born in the Lab

...Raised in the Sun

  • Key Ingredients

    Tropical Phytocomplex™

    11 natural oils and butters from exotic tropical fruits and nuts including Kakadu plum, Cacay oil, and Cupuaçu Butter.

    Tan Boost Technology™

    Effective for all skin tones, this specially-formulated amino-acid is where the magic happens. It works by boosting melanin production and helps rapidly accelerate the tanning process, so you can spend less time worrying about your tan and more time enjoying the sun. 


    Kakadu Plum

    Helps restore elasticity to the skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite

    Cacay Oil

    Loaded with antioxidants, has been show to improve tone and texture of skin and reducing appearance of environmental damage

    Cupuaçu Butter

    Loaded with Vitamin B and anti-oxidants, this Brazilian oil helps skin to recover from sun exposure

  • How does it work?

    Melanin is your body’s ’built-in’ protection from sunburns, its first defense against UV rays, and is what gives our skin its color. The darker your skin, the more melanin naturally present in your body. The melanin in your skin also acts as a natural form of DNA protection and is what shields the precious nucleus of your skin cells, blocking and preventing the aging effect of ultraviolet radiation.  

    When you apply Tropic Labs Base Tan™ in the days leading up to sun exposure, you are ‘feeding’ your skin the essential amino acids it needs to boost and support melanin production. We call this our Tan Boost Technology™.

    Using Base Tan helps equip your skin with the nutrition it needs to maximize melanin production and get the deep, dark tan you’ve been longing for while spending less time in the sun.

    Supplement that process with potent antioxidants and innovative natural anti-aging ingredients like soya bean and pomegranate extracts, and you’ve got yourself one powerhouse of a body lotion designed to help you bronze quickly and naturally while leaving your skin radiant and hydrated. 



  • How do I use it?

    Going on holiday? 

    To maximize your skin’s natural tanning ability, we recommend applying Base Tan daily for a minimum of 5-7 days before prolonged sun exposure. This ensures your skin is fully-loaded with all the nutrients it needs to adequately protect itself and optimizes your tanning potential. 


    Live in a sun-filled paradise? 

    Apply Base Tan daily to support your skin’s natural protective functions, help prevent premature aging due to sun exposure, and keep your body’s bronzing ability constantly charged. 


    Live in a cold or sun-starved region? 

    Take advantage of what little sun you do have by encouraging your skin to get as tanned as possible with our innovative Tan Boost Technology. Apply Base Tan in the days leading up to and during (less-intense) sun exposure to achieve your body’s best glow.



    + use it as an intensely hydrating after-sun to recharge your skin before your next day of sun exposure, and quench your skin with powerful anti-aging and plant-powered ingredients.


    + we ALWAYS suggest using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 20 (such as Tan Smart) if you intend to expose yourself to the sun. Using BaseTan alone does not provide adequate protection from sunburns, especially during extended sunbathing.

  • What's in it?

    Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sunflower Oil, GMS/ Peg 100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tyrosine, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Riboflavin, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seaberry) Seed Oil, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum)  Seed Oil, Caryodendron Orinocense (Cacay) Seed Oil, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu)  Seed Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu)  Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Astrocaryum Murumuru (Murumuru)  Seed Butter, Gardenia Taitensis Flower Extract (Monoi), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seaberry) Fruit Oil, Polyglutamic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soy) Seed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol

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Jacqui k.
New Zealand New Zealand
I recommend this product

Tropic lab both products

First off I was VERY sceptical especially with the price too and the big claim it comes with , however I took the plunge and bought the set . Did exactly the instructions mentioned then after 20 days flew to Sunshine Coast Australia where I frequently holiday and applied the tan spf . Wow !! Unbelievable results !! I can honestly say these products do exactly what they say . Gorgeous smell , vegan and THEY WORK !! I’ve been back in NZ two weeks summer here also and my tan still holding well and golden ( which I usually burn and go a shade darker white ) Not now !! Highly recommend and will be ordering again ASAP . Thank you so much xx

Kaci M.
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Insane tan

This stuff works! I have sunbathed a lot over the holidays and I how dark I was able to get has me SHOOK! Ordering more now - the smell is so amazing I just want to bathe in the stuff.

Kaci Mcconnell verified customer review of Base Tan
United States United States
I recommend this product


OMG- I can't say enough awesome things about this product! After years of searching for the best tanner and countless gnarly sunburns, I stumbled across Tropic Labs and haven't been able to look back since. The smell reminds me of those nostalgic banana candies we all loved growing up- and it doesn't linger all day like other products do. I used this as a regular moisturizer, and after just a short time in the Tulum sun- I was chocolate-y brown and feeling myself. Base Tan never left me feeling greasy or oily and I love that it is reef safe! Too-da-loo streaky and smelly self tanners. I can't wait for my next vacay!

Louisa verified customer review of Base Tan
I recommend this product

Beautiful Tan

I purchased two bottles of Base Tan because o knew I was going to be spending a lot of time on the lake this summer. The ingredients made my skin feel and look healthy, nourished and moisturized! You guys nailed the banana scent! It’s perfection!I still recommend sunscreen but the tan I got after using the Base Tan was absolutely beautiful!! Even, dark, moisturized and glowing! Needless to say, I’m amazed by this lotion! IN LOVE!!!!

I recommend this product

She’s got a tan!

So far I am really loving this product. I don’t really tan very well but I have noticed a clear difference using the Tropic products! Also, I love the sent!

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